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Asymmetric KillingRisk Avoidance, Just War, and the Warrior Ethos$
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Neil C. Renic

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198851462

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198851462.001.0001

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Reciprocity and the Warrior Ethos

Reciprocity and the Warrior Ethos

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(p.59) 3 Reciprocity and the Warrior Ethos
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Asymmetric Killing
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Neil C. Renic

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198851462.003.0004

This chapter locates the role of reciprocal risk within the warrior ethos. It first outlines that exposure to personal, physical risk has long been regarded as a key element in the ethos-based conception of legitimate violence. It demonstrates this through analysis of ancient warfare, both Greek and Roman, as well as the medieval code of chivalry. As will be further shown, however, the warrior ethos is an evolving framework; one that gives increasing consideration to factors such as restraint and professionalism in determinations of ethical status. This will be confirmed through analysis of premodern, modern, and ‘post-heroic’ warfare. As this chapter will illustrate, the adaptive quality of the warrior ethos is a key explanatory factor in the historical resolution of asymmetry-challenges.

Keywords:   warrior ethos, military ethics, chivalry, responsibility, risk, asymmetry, ancient warfare, medieval warfare, post-heroic warfare

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